THE ISLAMIC BANK OF ASIA ANNOUNCES TWO STRATEGIC APPOINTMENTS
- HARISH PARAMESWAR AS HEAD OF INVESTMENT BANKING &
SALEH AL NASHWAN AS CHIEF REPRESENTATIVE OF BAHRAIN
Appointments underscore bank’s commitment to strengthen its
merchant banking business and promote greater
capital flows between the Middle East and Asia
SINGAPORE, MIDDLE EAST, 26 January 2012 - The Islamic Bank of Asia (IB Asia) today announced two key senior
appointments to drive the bank’s focus on investment banking and establish greater connectivity between the
Middle East and Asia. Mr. Harish Parameswar is appointed Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking and
will be based in IB Asia’s head office in Singapore. Mr. Saleh Al Nashwan joined IB Asia as the
Chief Representative for its Bahrain Representative Office.
Mr. Toby O’Connor, CEO of IB Asia, said: “The addition of Harish and Saleh to our senior
management reflects IB Asia’s commitment to deliver a first class
Shariah compliant merchant banking platform servicing Asia and the Middle East.
Harish brings a wealth of investment banking, private equity and relationships
within Asia while Saleh has extensive business experience and connectivity in the Middle East.
Strong client coverage across the Middle East and Asia with high quality transaction origination
and execution are essential for us to fully capture our business opportunity.”
Mr. Parameswar will oversee the expansion of IB Asia’s investment banking
business which includes private equity, advisory, private placement and
capital markets activities, which is in line with the Bank’s strategic priorities.
Before joining IB Asia, Mr. Parameswar was most recently the Founder and Managing
Director of Beacon Advisory International, a corporate finance advisory and private equity
investment firm focused on emerging markets. Prior to this, he was Managing Director at
Lazard Asia Limited from 2006 to 2010, serving as Head of South East Asia with additional
responsibility for the Technology and Media sectors in Asia. He also worked at Deutsche Bank
and Jardine Fleming in various corporate finance roles in Singapore and India.
Mr. Parameswar holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management from IMT Ghaziabad,
and a Bachelor of Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University.
As chief representative of Bahrain Representative Office, Mr. Al Nashwan will lead
IB Asia's regional office and coverage of IB Asia’s shareholder and client base across
the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. In line with the Bank’s objective of bridging
capital flows and business between Middle East and Asia, he will work in close cooperation with
IB Asia’s head office in Singapore to strengthen business activity with its Middle East client base.
Prior to joining IB Asia, Mr. Al Nashwan was most recently the Chairman of MECAP Consultancy,
and founder and CEO of Maalem Holding, an investment holding company, from its inception in 2008 to May 2011.
He is currently a non-executive director of Nass Corporation BSC, a Bahraini Public Joint Stock Company.
A Saudi national, Mr. Al Nashwan has over a decade of extensive experience in investment,
placements and corporate banking with an in-depth knowledge of regional business and
financial markets. He has served several senior management positions in leading banks and
financial institutions in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, including Addax Investment Bank,
Gulf Finance House and Saudi American Bank (SAMBA). He has played key roles in several
major real estate projects and investment deals in the region.
Mr. Al Nashwan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management / Marketing from King
Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
About The Islamic Bank of Asia
Incorporated in May 2007 with DBS Bank and prominent investors from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
countries as shareholders, The Islamic Bank of Asia (IB Asia) combines banking expertise and insights of
Asia with strong Islamic banking credentials to tap into opportunities within Asia and the Middle East.
Headquartered in Singapore, IB Asia focuses on Shariah compliant capital markets, direct investment and
corporate banking services To find out more about IB Asia, log on to www.islamicbankasia.com.
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